Using Mirrors to Open Up Your Living Space

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Using Mirrors to Open Up Your Living Space

Staff Writer · Dec 17, 2009

If you have a small living space, mirrors can be a great tool for making it seem bigger. Decorators use mirrors to achieve different effects. The great thing about mirrors is that you can always find one that will suit your decorating style. From the incredibly modern look of repeated convex mirrors, to the vintage style of antique framed mirrors, there are plenty of options.

Light it Up

In many apartments and even houses, a room will only have windows on one wall. You can double that amount of light by placing a mirror across from the window. Light will enter the window and reflect off of the mirror, directing sunlight at other areas of the room. You can also multiply this effect by angling mirrors at other areas of the room. Mirrors can be used to reflect lamp light as well. Increase the brightness of a lamp by placing it in front of a mirror that hangs on a wall.

Splitting Images

Multiple mirrors can be used to create a visually pleasing effect. Arrange a few mirror panels, perhaps four or five, along a wall. Evenly space them so that they are close to each other but not touching. Separating the mirrors will break up their reflected image into sections, giving it an eye-pleasing fragmented look. The repetition created in the placed mirrors will also add aesthetic appeal.

Mirrored Shelving

Try adding mirrors to the back of your shelving displays. The mirrors will create illusion of the shelves being deeper and recessed. Objects such as pieces of art and plants will be doubled by the mirror, making for an even more impressive display. Panels of mirrors can be adhered to the walls behind wall shelves, or you could purchase a display case that is mirrored.

Distressed Mirrors

A mirror doesn’t have to accurately reflect an image in order to be valuable for decorating. Many designers used mirrors that have been distressed or look age. This look is especially great for rooms with a vintage feel. You can usually find some antique mirrors at estate sales or shops. Refinish or replace the frame to update the look a bit and place it in a place that will catch the light and brighten the room.

Go Big

Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror when you are decorating. A mirror can be used as a focal point just as successfully as a piece of art would be. Imagine a large mirror with a wide bold frame hanging above the sofa. The larger the mirror, the more power it has to reflect light and give the room more depth. A large mirror can make a small room appear much larger.

Accents

Mirrors can be found on other objects as well. Mosaic art is one medium that uses mirrors a lot to achieve certain looks. If you want to brighten up your room in ways other than hanging mirrors, consider objects that have a mirror-like quality. A mosaic fireplace made of bright glass pieces and shards of broken up mirrors could make a huge impact in a small room. Even decorative objects like shiny metallic sculptures or a chrome photo frame can have a reflective quality that will emphasize the light in a room.

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